For the last three months I’ve been taking acting classes in the hope that I’d complete phase two of my “Bucket List”. If you don’t know what my Bucket list is, please turn back to the archives and read Episode I. Anyway, it didn’t take long for me to realize the parallels between aspiring actors and the dating world.
I finally got my first big break (something they say in show biz...). I went to my first commercial casting call! I was through the roof excited, so excited I broke the cardinal rule. I told my Mother, which means she told my Grandmother, which means she told my Aunt Donna and suddenly my small victory became front-wide news in the Malone household. My family means well, they really do, but the thing about casting calls is that they’re a lot like first dates. You never ever EVER tell your family about first dates. Even if you really do think Billy from accounting is THE ONE. You don’t give them details of your casting calls or anyone you’re casually dating. Why, you ask? Well because they get too attached. They’ll ask you over the next few weeks what the outcome was with this said casting call and if you got the part. Your family doesn’t realize, actors (which I’d never claim to be outside of sarcasm) go on hundreds, thousands of casting calls before they finally get the part. Which sounds a lot like dating if you’re persistent enough.
Actors and single patrons of the world go into every audition giving it their best shot. They leave the room and forget about said audition. They don’t wait around for a second date aka the callback, they move on with their lives and continue to work on their craft (which being a craftier dater doesn’t necessarily apply, unless you’re still bringing up your breakup from nine months ago on the first date). The actors “submit and forget” method works well with bumble dates too. On the plus side mate, in the dating world, if the first date doesn’t go well, you get to decide if you want to go to the callback. You have the power! Your family however, will still wonder what happened to Andrew from Tampa and your casting call with Talking Stick. So let them know as little as possible until this person or role is a for sure thing. Maybe months, maybe years but that show biz baby.
That Tall Redhead